When it comes to the Christian faith we seem to fall short many times of actually being Christian. Sometimes we confuse just being a nice person with being a Christian. I even think that sometimes we believe as long as I am a moral person and follow good social standards such as don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t abuse, then I am a Godly person.
I also think this impacts how we parent our children. I heard someone once say that most parents would be happy with their churches youth ministry program as long as their kids graduated as “sober virgins”. The view was as long as the kids were involved in the youth group and were not getting drunk on the weekends or having sex with their boyfriend or girlfriend that meant the church was doing a good job….but is that all we desire for our kids?
What about for ourselves? If we desire to be like Christ shouldn’t we want more than to just be a moral person? The truth is I know plenty of people who are moral people who are not Christian. They take care of their kids, they are good to their spouse, they donate food to those in need, they help out in the community, and they don’t have any misdemeanors or felonies.
So what is the difference? Love.
In 1 John 4:8 it says this, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
We need to grasp that if we do not love then we do not know God. For us to love to the fullest we must know God because God is love. On my own power, relying on my abilities, I will always fall short. Even when we look at the 10 commandments in the Bible we can see areas where we have all missed the mark.
So my challenge for you today is don’t make the Christian faith only about trying to follow rules and be a moral person. Seek to know God more deeply so you will begin to fully understand what love is, so that you can begin to love those around you.
May we desire more than being moral but may we desire to be like Christ.